After Losing Senate Race in Texas Robert O'Rourke to Announce 2020 U.S. Presidential Bid
TEXAS – March 14, 2019
Thursday morning Robert Francis (Beto) O'Rourke announced that he is running for president, becoming the 15th Democrat to enter the race to decide who will take on Trump in the general election.
"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us," the 46-year-old former Texas congressman said in a video announcing his candidacy. "The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater."
O'Rourke, who appeared in the video with his wife Amy, said he would run a "positive campaign" that "seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country."
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
"If immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have," O'Rourke asserted, obviously poking at President Trump.
O'Rourke said he will stage a "kickoff" rally for his campaign March 30 in El Paso, Texas.
The weird thing about Democrats is that they simply love losers. In 2016, they picked former Democratic nomination loser Hillary Clinton as their candidate, and she was crushed by an Electoral College vote of 306-232. Now the Democrats are eyeballing a guy who lost a Senate race in Texas as their go-to candidate for president in 2020.
The AP said: “Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate. One option that has been floated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who at 46 has become the subject of intense 2020 speculation after nearly beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.”
Mr. Biden is like Mrs. Clinton, only more so — a two-time loser for the Democratic nomination. He had to drop out of the 1988 race over plagiarism charges, then bobbed up again 20 years later, only to lose to then-Sen. Barack Obama.
The mainstream media will tell you the 2018 Texas race was close, oh so close. And it was — if you consider losing by 2.6 percentage points, which equals 214,921 votes, close. How much did Sen. Ted Cruz win by in November? If you filled the NFL’s largest stadium, which happens to be in Dallas and holds a whopping 105,000 fans, then emptied it, then filled it again, you still wouldn’t reach the margin by which Mr. Cruz won. That may not be a world-class thumping, but it’s a pretty sound beating nonetheless, the Washington Times noted.
Still, murmurs are starting around the liberal echosphere that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke — whom the media calls Kennedyesque because he’s young, handsome, white, and really, really rich — might just be the guy to knock off President Trump next time around.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned fellow Democrats from nominating Rep. Beto O'Rourke for president in 2020 on MSNBC last November.
“Nancy Pelosi led the Democratic Party for the last two years from a really bad election in 2016. I'm from Chicago, maybe I'm really old school, but to the victor go the spoils," said Emanuel, a former Obama White House chief of staff and Illinois congressman who helmed the Democratic campaign committee the last time the party flipped the House, in 2006. "If Beto O'Rourke wants to go and run for president, God bless him, he should put his hat in and make his case. But, he lost. You don’t usually promote a loser to the top of party and then take a winner and say, 'We’re going to take your knees off.'”
“I think Democrats have the best feel of candidates that we've ever had and Beto may choose to be one of those candidates and I think that he will make a strong mark. He did a stupendous job as the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Texas Beto is an assured confident and very tactical smart leader,” said Lee in her interview to OANN.
So maybe Democrats have it just right: If they don’t go for the two-time losing Mr. Biden, they could opt for one-time loser Mr. Sanders, who fell to Mrs. Clinton in 2016. Or they can go for Mr. O’Rourke, a loser, sure, but one who hasn’t yet lost on the national field.